Among the hundreds of Cebu-based and Cebuano blogs, Everything Cebu has been selected as one of the 30 qualified blogs nominated for Best Cebu Blogs Awards (BCBA) 2012. These selected few will be competing for the Top 10 Famous Cebu Blogs and the Best Cebu Blog by Niche contests. The official BCBA awarding ceremony will be on December 9, 2012, at Insular Square, Mandaue.
BCBA is an independent award-giving body initiated in 2008 to distinguish the most excellent Cebu-based blogs that provide helpful information online. It also aims to recognize the presence and relevance of blogging in Cebu. Furthermore, it “aspires to augment Cebu bloggers’ influence in the general cyber community worldwide.” It was founded by Mark Monta, who was later on joined by Agnes Jimenez, Bjorn Bernales, and Jaysee Pingkian.
With the aim to provide a bigger and more exciting BCBA, the organizers have made major changes on this year’s awarding categories, specifically the Best Cebu Blogs Awards by Niche. According to BCBA’s official Web site, major awards will be based on the following niches:
- Best Cebu Technology Blog – BCBA is looking for this year’s best blog that features relevant technology information and updates.
- Best Cebu Personal Blog – BCBA is looking for this year’s best blog that has multiple categories or features personal opinions.
- Best Cebu Travel Blog – BCBA is looking for this year’s best blog which features places, travel experiences and anything related to travelling.
- Best Cebu Food Blog – BCBA is looking for this year’s best blog which main topic is about food.
- Best Cebu Lifestyle Blog – BCBA is looking for this year’s best blog which focuses mainly on fashion and lifestyle.
- Best Cebu Entertainment Blog – BCBA is looking for this year’s best blog which focuses mainly on entertainment and events.
The Top 10 Famous Cebu Bloggers, which will be determined by the number of Facebook likes, will also be included in the overall completion. Other special awards include Yahoo’s Choice, CBSi’s Choice, Special Citation, and Visayas Bloggers’ Choice.
The top 30 chosen blogs fall under these categories:
- Travel & Personal
- Personal & Technology
- Personal & Lifestyle
- Personal & Food
- Technology, Events, & Entertainment
- Food, Fashion & Lifestyle
- Personal, Events, & Entertainment
- Travel & Lifestyle
- Travel & Photoblog
- Fashion & Lifestyle
- Personal, Lifestyle, & Fashion
- Events & Entertainment
The competition will be fairly judged by these blogging community heads representing Luzon, Visayas and Mindanao:
- Vincent Tabor (Northern Luzon) is a freelance photographer, web designer and SEO consultant for various firms. A teacher and blogger by heart, he received the International Doors to Diplomacy Outstanding Coach Award from the US Department of State. He founded the Cordillera Bloggers and organized the First Baguio Blog Conference.
- Azrael Colladilla (Central Luzon) is a pop culture and events blogger who was awarded by Globe Telecom as the Most Influential Blogger of Luzon at the 2009 Philippine Blog Awards. A social media manager of more than 60 brands and a founder of a community of active bloggers in Manila and nearby cities called The Manila Bloggers Network, he is very busy writing and organizing events for bloggers.
- Nancy Cudis from (Central Visayas) is an esteemed journalist and blogger who won the Best Newswriting award at the Cebu Archdiocesan Mass Media Awards in 2009 and was named Cebu Media Excellence Awards’ Blogger of the Year (sponsored by Globe Telecom) in 2012. She is also among the nine finalists of the nationwide search for GoodBlog Awards organized by Gadgets Magazine in 2012. She currently works as a fulltime communications specialist for media and public relations at the Ramon Aboitiz Foundation Inc.
- Avel Manansala (Mindanao) is a respected blogger who won the title as the Most Influential Emerging Blog in 2007. He also topped the Philippine Blog Awards in 2009, becoming the Chikka Readers’ Choice Awardee for Mindanao and Digital Tribe Awardee for Mindanao, as well as winning the Best Travel/Destination Blog for Mindanao. He is currently the Media Affairs Officer of General Santos City Mayor Darlene Antonino – Custodio.
BCBA is made possible by the following sponsors and partners:
Insular Square Mandaue
TMX Philippines Inc.
Diamond Suites & Residences
Heart Tea Milk Tea
Cebu Bloggers Society, Inc.
Alvin Asayas Photography
Event Photographers Cebu
- Face Cebu
- Empress of Drac
- Bjorn Cebuano
- Jaysee Blabs
- Chic in the Tropics
- Shanky Baby
To know more about BCBA 2012, you may visit their official Web site at bestcebublogs.com. You may also visit their Facebook fanpage at facebook.com/bestcebublogs. You may follow twitter.com/bcbawards.